Young People Matter (YPM) Announces New Executive Director
for Atlanta Office
Psychologist and educator is poised to lead YPM Atlanta into the future
Tonisha L. Footman, M.Ed.
Phone: (770) 744-4050
The board of directors of Young People Matter (YPM) is pleased to announce the selection of Tonisha Footman, M.Ed. as it's new executive director. Footman brings more than 10 years experience to YPM Atlanta, more recently as the Program Manager for the Excelsior Preparatory Academy, a private learning academy for children. Footman will begin in her new role on May 1, 2016.
"I could not be more excited that Tonisha has agreed to lead YPM Atlanta," said Simone Joye, YPM's founder who now serves as the national board chairperson. "Tonisha's extensive non-profit leadership experience, deep commitment to young people, coupled with her background working in educational leadership will enable YPM Atlanta to move further and help even more young people in Atlanta."
As the executive director, Footman will oversee day-to-day operations, programming, fundraising, as well as provide guidance and support to partner organizations.
"I am proud to be joining a non-profit organization that has positively impacted thousands of kids and families over the past eight years," said Footman who has also been a social worker at the Devereux Georgia Treatment Network, a special education teacher at Stone Mountain Middle School (DeKalb County) and Martin Luther King, Jr. High School (Atlanta).
"YPM Atlanta's is one of the leading agencies in Atlanta helping homeless youth and to ensure all young people are able to transition into adulthood successfully. Thanks to the incredible support from donors and the young people we serve, YPM Atlanta is poised for growth. I'm excited to see what the future holds," Footman said.
Footman has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle and a Master's Degree in Education from Strayer University. She holds certifications in child abuse and maltreatment, peer mediation, conflict resolution, school violence prevention and is a certified Georgia special education educator.